AP PHOTOS: A look at flooding before and after Florence

This combination of satellite images shows a farm on Jan. 13, 2017, left, and after Hurricane Florence moved through the area on Sept. 17, 2018, near Trenton, N.C. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
This combination of satellite images shows a farm on Jan. 13, 2017, left, and after Hurricane Florence moved through the area on Sept. 17, 2018, near Trenton, N.C. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP) (AP)
In this combination of photos, a man tries to cross a flooded street on Sept. 14, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, after the water receded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. (AP Photos/Chuck Burton)
In this combination of photos, a man tries to cross a flooded street on Sept. 14, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, after the water receded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. (AP Photos/Chuck Burton) (AP/Chuck Burton)
This combination of photos shows a member of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team on Sept. 16, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, after the water receded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photos/David Goldman)
This combination of photos shows a member of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team on Sept. 16, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, after the water receded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photos/David Goldman) (AP/David Goldman)
This combination of photos shows the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team on Sept. 16, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, after the rain receded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
This combination of photos shows the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team on Sept. 16, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, after the rain receded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (AP/David Goldman)
This combination of photos shows Cape Fear River in the background behind a bait and tackle shop on Sept. 16, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence on Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
This combination of photos shows Cape Fear River in the background behind a bait and tackle shop on Sept. 16, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence on Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (AP/David Goldman)
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This combination of satellite images shows a farm on Jan. 13, 2017, left, and after Hurricane Florence moved through the area on Sept. 17, 2018, near Trenton, N.C. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)
In this combination of photos, a man tries to cross a flooded street on Sept. 14, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, after the water receded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. (AP Photos/Chuck Burton)
This combination of photos shows a member of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team on Sept. 16, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, after the water receded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photos/David Goldman)
This combination of photos shows the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team on Sept. 16, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, after the rain receded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
This combination of photos shows Cape Fear River in the background behind a bait and tackle shop on Sept. 16, 2018, left, and on Sept. 19, 2018, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence on Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Florence dropped nearly 3 feet (1 meter) of rain on North Carolina as the storm moved slowly across the state, flooding towns, closing roads and killing dozens of people.

Tens of thousands were ordered to evacuate communities along North Carolina’s steadily rising rivers. In New Bern, 4,300 homes were inundated, a third of the total number of homes in the city.

More than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel with 36 helicopters and more than 200 boats were working in North Carolina, and the Defense Department assigned 13,500 military personnel to help relief efforts.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said 2,600 people and 300 animals had been rescued. The storm also closed 1,200 North Carolina roads, including 357 primary roads.

The Cape Fear River crested at 61.5 feet (18.75 meters) early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. More than 5 million gallons (19 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the river after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said.

At Fayetteville, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) inland, near the Army’s sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span’s top deck. Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said it was unclear if the bridge was threatened.

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